@LATechTandF Places Two on C-USA All-Academic Cross Country Team

Nov. 14, 2014

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA honored Louisiana Tech runners Taylor Ashton and Tom Stringer Friday as the Bulldog pair was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Cross Country Team.

Ashton and Stringer represent two of the six Conference USA honorees on the All-Academic Team as Louisiana Tech makes up one-third of the six-man team.

Ashton led Louisiana Tech in all four regular season meets this year while maintaining a 3.817 grade point average as a mechanical engineering student. A senior, he won the 8k race at Northwestern State with a time of 27:07.6 as well as leading the Bulldogs to the team title in Natchitoches. Ashton also set a then-personal record 8k time of 27:00.1 at Alabama and finished in the top 10 individually in three of four regular season meets this year. He closed the year with a new career-best 8k time of 26:17.1 at the Conference USA Championship in Denton, Texas.

Stringer recorded three top-20 finishes this season along with two top-10 placings and joined Ashton in running a then-personal record 8k time at Alabama as he posted a mark of 27:29.6 in the Crimson Classic before breaking that at the Conference USA Championship, running 27:03.9. A sophomore, Stringer achieved all of this while maintaining a 4.000 grade point average while majoring in finance. He also opened the season with a career-best 5k time of 16:02.4 in the Louisiana Tech-hosted Mook 5 Triple Dual.

With the cross country season completed, Louisiana Tech now turns its attention to the indoor track and field season which will begin in January.

For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field and Cross Country, please follow @LATechTandF on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

2014 Conference USA Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team
Taylor Ashton, Louisiana Tech
Tom Stringer, Louisiana Tech
Shadrack Matelong, Middle Tennessee
Adam Davidson, Rice
Elphas Maiyo, UTEP
Anthony Rotich, UTEP




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